Prayers

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With your feet I walk
I walk with your limbs
I carry forth your body
For me your mind thinks
Your voice speaks for me
Beauty is before me
And beauty is behind me
Above and below me hovers the beautiful
I am surrounded by it
I am immersed in it
In my youth I am aware of it
And in old age I shall walk quietly
The beautiful trail.
— Navaho prayer

Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power—

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
— Sanskrit proverb

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
Seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
— St. Francis of Assisi

man in prayerFrom the cowardice that dare not
Face new truth
From the laziness that is contented
With half truth
From the arrogance that thinks it
Knows all truth,
Good Lord, deliver me.
— Kenyan prayer

O God, of peace and love,
Companion in solitude,
Protector in exile,
You inhabit the shadows of our communities
Show us the way to stand against injustice
To protect and nurture life, to live nonviolently.

Help us to embrace simplicity,
To be mindful of the value of all things,
To care tenderly for others.

Teach us to conserve
And preserve the natural gifts of this world
Help us to take time and to be present
To one another.

Increase among us the spirit of tolearance
And good will.
Bring us to the quiet still place of healing
And transform our souls into a reflection
Of Your love and compassion. Amen.
— Anonymous

If anyone has hurt me or harmed me
Knowingly or unknowingly
In thought, word, or deed,
I freely forgive them.
And I too ask forgiveness
If I have hurt anyone or harmed anyone
Knowingly or unknowingly
In thought, word, or deed.

May I be happy
May I be peaceful
May I be free

May my friends be happy
May my friends be peaceful
May my friends be free

May my enemies be happy
May my enemies be peaceful
May my enemies be free

May all things be happy
May all things be peaceful
May all things be free.
— Buddhist prayer

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